In recent Premier League campaigns, we've been treated to some outstanding end-of-season drama.
Sergio Aguero's 94th-minute winner against QPR to seal the 2011-12 title for Manchester City was the most incredible clincher in the Premier League era, while other run-ins have also been memorable: Chelsea sealed the title in 2009-10 with an 8-0 victory on the final day, and Manchester United's 2013 triumph was clinched with a Robin van Persie strike that was voted goal of the season.
In the age of tactical flexibility and squad rotation, Chelsea's title has been built on old-fashioned principles. Jose Mourinho has stuck to the same 4-2-3-1 framework throughout the campaign and has used the same players: three are ever-presents in the Premier League, 10 have started at least 26 games and an 11th, Diego Costa, would surely have done likewise but for injuries and suspension.
Chelsea's triumph has been based on key performers playing key roles and, tactically, six men have been particularly...
It was around this time two years ago that Chelsea and Jose Mourinho began plotting his return to Stamford Bridge.
It was a telegraphed return. His Real Madrid experience was coming to an end amid acrimony and accusations, and the fact that he had three years left on his deal at the Bernabeu wasn't worth, for either side, the paper it was written on. Meanwhile, Chelsea's own manager, Rafa Benitez, was due to leave Stamford Bridge in a few weeks.
From the earliest meetings between Chelsea and Mourinho,...
The title race is officially over -- Chelsea have been crowned 2014-15 Premier League champions after they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard's goal just before halftime was enough to bring the title back to west London for the fifth time in the club's 110 year history, sparking joyous celebrations on the pitch and in the stands.
In truth, the Blues made a nervy start to the game, unsure whether to go for the jugular or play the percentages. The goal settled the hosts down and...